SEWANEE, Tenn. – The Birmingham-Southern women's basketball team mounted a fourth quarter comeback to force overtime and defeat Sewanee Sunday afternoon 77-73. BSC moved to 8-6 overall, and 2-1 against Southern Athletic Association opponents with the win.
Christian McGowan (Birmingham, Ala./Oak Mountain HS) scored a career-high 26 points to lead the Panthers. She hit five threes and made 9-of-10 from the free throw line. Elizabeth Philpot (Birmingham, Ala./Spain Park HS) and Emilee Olsen (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter HS) also finished in double-figures. They scored 16 and 10 points, respectively. Kaitlin Hogan (Vestavia Hills, Ala./Vestavia Hills HS)
grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds in the win.
The game was tied three times and lead changed three times in the fourth quarter alone. With just over two minutes to play, Middleton hit a pair of free throws to put BSC in the lead 62-59. A three from Sewanee seconds later tied it up at 62-all. The Panthers had a chance to win the game in the final seconds of regulation, but they missed the shot and the follow-up was blocked.
Sewanee was the first to score in overtime. BSC responded with back-to-back three's from McGowan and Misa Fujii (Sunnyvale, Calif./Notre Dame) to take the lead and never let it go.
BSC returns home on Friday, Jan. 12. The Panthers face Hendrix College in a doubleheader with the men's team. The women tipoff at 6 p.m.